Crosby & Higgins LLP continued the fight on behalf of the New York City medallion taxicab industry today, filing a federal complaint against the City of New York, et al, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The complaint arises from the disparities in treatment between medallion-bearing taxicabs, which are saddled with onerous regulatory burdens, including the forced conversion to accessible vehicles, and for-hire transportation companies such as Uber Technologies, Inc., which are allowed to compete against medallion taxicabs providing the same service in the same market and for the same passengers, but free of many of those same regulatory burdens. The complaint alleges violations of the Equal Protection Clause, the Due Process Clause, and the Takings Clause of the Constitution, as well as a common law fraud claim arising from the alleged manipulation of taxicab medallion prices posted on the Taxi and Limousine Commission website.  The complaint seeks compensatory damages and declaratory relief on behalf of a broad cross-section of the New York City medallion taxicab industry, including credit unions holding security interests in medallions, medallion taxicab management companies, trade associations, mini-fleet medallion companies, and individual medallion owners.

Follow the links below to watch Crosby & Higgins LLP Managing Partner Todd Higgins, Esq. discussing the dispute on Fox Business, Bloomberg, and CNN:

http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/4366032026001/the-fight-against-uber-continues-in-ny/?#sp=show-clips

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2015-07-21/nyc-mayor-claims-uber-ride-sharing-congest-traffic

http://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2015/07/22/exp-clare-uber-pkg.cnn

 

Additional media coverage of the dispute can be found at the following links:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-08/new-york-city-should-regulate-uber-rides-taxi-lender-says

http://www.bizjournals.com/newyork/news/2015/05/27/taxi-lenders-lawsuit-targets-city-in-uber-fight.html

http://www.bizjournals.com/newyork/news/2015/06/02/tlc-s-inexplicable-failure-to-stop-uber-must-be.html

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-15/uber-s-manhattan-invasion-is-killing-the-loan-market-for-taxis

http://nypost.com/2015/07/20/uber-blasts-de-blasio-again-dont-strand-new-york/

http://www.bizjournals.com/newyork/news/2015/07/27/uber-at-war-taxi-lawyer-behind-2-4b-in-loans.html

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/taxi-companies-claim-uber-ehail-rules-unconstitutiona-article-1.2440000

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